'Everybody Knows' of Asghar Farhadi opens Cannes 2018

"Everybody Knows" performed by Asghar Farhadi with the participation of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. This is the second time a Spanish film has been chosen to open Cannes.

"Everybody Knows" revolves around the tragedy of Laura and Paco's family in Buenos Aires, on a vacation. Resentment, recollection, love and hatred from the past are revealed with overlapping relationships.

Similar to the highly successful previous psychological thriller films, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi continues to exploit the dark corners of every human being with many conflicts which are very ordinary but rarely seen on the screen.

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem in "Everybody Knows"

"Everybody Knows" has become the focus of attention as it was the first non-native language of the author, and the latest film after Asghar Farhadi won the prestigious Oscar 2012 with “A Separation” and early last year with “The Salesman” (which won two awards at Cannes 2016).

The work also marks the latest collaboration between Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who have worked in the past on a number of occasions. Last year their other film, “Loving Pablo”, appeared in Venice Film Festival and made a good impression.


Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem won the gold statues for themselves, but won prize for best supporting cast for "Made in Hollywood". Both have encroached on the movie capital and have succeeded in a variety of films.

The important reunion of "Everybody Knows” which Cannes Film Festival director director Thierry Frémaux deliberately chose to open Cannes 2017 to create the media effect because the filmmakers are big names in Europe.


After a series of faults in recent years, the selection of Cannes films has become harsher. Even the screening process for judges, audiences, and critics has changed to avoid the film with bad quality.

Like many other prestigious international film festivals, Cannes is the first of many cinematic works from all genres and countries.

Because of the number of entries (competition and non-competition) around 100 films per year, the choice is based on feelings, star names and intimacy between Thierry Frémaux and other directors. That's why Cannes has always had many boring movies in the last 10 years such as “Blindness”, “Venus in Fur”, “the Sea of Trees” and “The Last Face”.


According to the annual schedule, the middle of April is the time of Cannes to announce the list of films which will compete for the Palme d'Or. One week later, the other member of the jury along with Cate Blanchett (chairman) is named. The 71st Cannes Film Festival will take place from 9 to 19 May this year. In addition to the official category for the Palme d'Or, Cannes is also a land for young and talented filmmakers in other sub-categories. Among them, it is highly regarded as the Un Certain Regard category for works with the interesting new tone.

This year, actor Benicio Del Toro is selected as the jury head of Un Certain Regard to select the awards for film and personal.

By: Judith Edwards

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